There is more than one way of dealing with it. One is to prop the belly so that the weight is not so heavy on the legs. That's not what I did here but I do sometimes. I modelled the big hippo and when I did his legs he was upside down on a block of foam rubber. He stayed that way until the next day by which time his legs had dried a bit and I was also able to hollow him out. The extremities always dry faster than the mass. That reduced the weight on the legs too. I then made the babies to put on his back. It was useful that the body had already dried a little because otherwise the babies would have dried too quickly in comparison and would have risked splitting off. I hope that helps? I don't mind answering technical questions but I would have prefered it if you'd been polite enough to put a "please" or even a "Hi!" in there somewhere! We're supposed to be a community on dA
Oh, I'm very sorry! Hello! Please forgive me for being impolite I wasn't meaning to be. You're are just such a talented ceramicist I didn't want to put too much in a message, I was just trying to make it short and to the point. I apologize again, I meant no disrespect.
In truth I wasn't sure if you would reply.
Thank you so much! this was extremely helpful. I too work with clay and create creatures but run in to so many problems with legs. I usually flip the animal upside down and rest them on a mound of clay but this usually makes their back flatten. I'll try foam rubber next time.
Again thank you so much for sharing your technique! And I am so very sorry for being rude. You are an incredible artist and I am very thankful that you took the time to reply to me
I know you do ceramics because I had a look at your gallery before I replied I decided you deserved help. The block of foam rubber (covered in a bit of old tee-shirt so it can be washed) is there to stop the back flattening. I use them all the time. If you check this link out www.jen-robinson.com/photos/ac... you'll see me doing a demonstration at a craft fair. I'm using two blocks of sea-green covered foam rubber because I'm making a pair of hugging hippos. Neither can stand until I join them together so each has his "bed" until they're ready for joining.
Is there any special name for the foam rubber blocks? Or is that their most common name?
I have to say I am extremely inspired by your body of work; you not only breathe life into your animals with great detail but also give them adorable personalities. I hope it doesn't sound cheesy but I strive to reach your level of skill in bringing things to life!
No it doesn't sound cheesy & thanks I love giving them all life and personality.
A name for tjhe foam? - No Mine are bits cut off an old sofa cushion. Recycling at its best I made them removable tee-shirt material covers so I can wash them from time to time or when I change clay. I invented them as a technique to stop soft clay things getting flattened by the board. I don't know why more people don't use them. A lot of the things I use aren't official pottery tools
kendaru-chanFeatured By OwnerMay 16, 2009 Traditional Artist
omigosh i totally love u for making those hippos and i love that u make so many hippos they r my fave animal and the best in the world and they deserve 2 get mor fans and the way u make them so socute they definatly will!